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Wisdom and Ignorance

327 aphorisms  ·  9 comments

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Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (313 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

People who don't think probably don't have brains; rather, they have grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake.

[aphorist] Joan Powers, Pooh's Little Instruction Book, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Pooh's Little Instruction Book (hardcover)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (16 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Intolerance of ambiguity is the mark of an authoritarian personality.

[aphorist] Theodor W. Adorno, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (160 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (211 ratings)  ·  submitted 1998 by [user] David Shorr  · 

Wisdom and beauty form a very rare combination

[aphorist] Petronius Arbiter, The Satyricon, XCIV, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

The Satyricon (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (210 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The wise learn many things from their enemies.

[aphorist] Aristophanes, The Birds, 414 B.C., in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Four Plays by Aristophanes (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (8 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.

[aphorist] Andy McIntyre, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (214 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Education is civil defense against media fallout.

[aphorist] Marshall McLuhan, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (4 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The human mind treats a new idea the way the body treats a strange protein -- it rejects it.

[aphorist] P. Medawar, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (79 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Any man who afflicts the human race with ideas must be prepared to see them misunderstood.

[aphorist] Henry Louis Mencken, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (128 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

An age is called Dark not because the light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it.

[aphorist] James Michener, Space, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Space (paperback)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (223 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and long words bother me.

[aphorist] A. A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

The Complete Tales of Winnie-the-Pooh (hardcover)

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (763 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Reality is something you rise above.

[aphorist] Liza Minnelli, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (230 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A fellow who is always declaring he's no fool usually has his suspicions.

[aphorist] Wilson Mizner, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (238 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A good listener is not only popular everywhere, but after a while he gets to know something.

[aphorist] Wilson Mizner, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (5 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Ever notice that "what the hell" is always the right decision?

[aphorist] Marilyn Monroe, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (540 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997 by [user] James Menzies

The masses have little time to think. And how incredible is the willingness of modern man to believe.

[aphorist] Benito Mussolini, in [category] Law and Politics and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (211 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Too clever is dumb.

[aphorist] Ogden Nash, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (160 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Wisdom sets bounds even to knowledge.

[aphorist] Friedrich Nietzsche, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (380 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

If what Proust says is true, that happiness is the absence of fever, then I will never know happiness. For I am possessed by a fever for knowledge, experience, and creation.

[aphorist] Anaïs Nin, in [category] Happiness and Misery and [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

Comment#  ·  **-- Fair (419 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We don't see things as they are. We see things as we are.

[aphorist] Anaïs Nin, in [category] Wisdom and Ignorance

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